The Georgia coronavids outbreak has forced hospitals to limit surgeries and doctors to limit appointments and caused doctors to halt treatment of patients with coronavides.
But experts say the outbreak could be far worse than it appears because it’s a symptom of the disease, and that the real toll could be much higher.
Dr. Robert Bauman, a virologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said there is no way to know exactly how many people died of the virus because many were never diagnosed with the illness.
That is partly because coronaviruses are not as easily diagnosed as other infectious diseases, such as malaria, or respiratory viruses, such that there is little reliable information on the exact number of deaths that could have been caused by the virus.
So even if the actual death toll were higher than what has been reported, it’s not clear how much the virus contributed to the toll, said Dr. Paul Egan, a professor of health services research at the National Institutes of Health.
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